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Monsoon rains cause regular flooding in Bangkok, and the city's underground MRT deploys simple measures for effective flood risk control. However, with expansions planned over the next ten years, concern is emerging over adequate responses to climate change, earthquake risk and rising sea levels. Serious thought now could save millions in retrofitting and damages, not to mention loss of life, as Rowan Fraser describes.

Customs officials blocking supplies, international donors blocking funds, and land owners blocking redevelopment: a wrap-up of international reporting on the stalled reconstruction efforts in Haiti.

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Manila slipping in plans to protect against potential 7.2 earthquake

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has warned that an earthquake preparedness plan it drew up with the MMDA and JICA in 2004 has not been properly implemented, leaving the city vulnerable to the possibility of an earthquake the magnitude of Haiti's.

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